Tips for avoiding heat-related illnesses during a very hot weekend

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Summer's here and so is the heat, with record-breaking temperatures over the next few days.

Heat advisories are in effect for parts of Kansas and may put you at risk for heat-illnesses. If you're planning on spending some time outdoors, it's good to know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke, exhaustion, and cramps.

Heat stroke is the most extreme of the heat-related illnesses. If someone you're with is losing consciousness, seems confused and has hot, red, dry skin -- call 911 right away.

Heat exhaustion has similar symptoms including dizziness, headache, nausea, and fainting.

Eyewitness News spoke to a doctor with the University of Kansas School of Medicine who says the best way to avoid these illnesses -- take breaks and stay hydrated.

"Stay in the shade or air conditioning as much as you can if you have to be outside, make sure you're taking breaks if you're doing physical activity and keep hydrated with water or sports drink," says Dr. Stephanie Shields.

Hydration and the amount of time in the direct sun play a major role in how quickly the heat can present a medical emergency.

"Children and elderly are more prone to heat stroke without the physical activity because they don't have the ability to regulate their temperature."

Shields says to watch out for dry skin because that could be a sign your body isn't regulating your temperature.

The CDC recommends using cool, wet cloths against your body if you're not feeling well. If symptoms get worse, call a doctor immediately.